Geopark and Archeology

Be sure to visit Podšilo and see the Roman ceramic kiln, construction and household ceramics and the remains of ancient walls. We recommend visiting the geological garden Lopar where you can see geological attractions and rare vegetation with free expert guidance.
There are several archaeological sites in Lopar, and the island is frequented by geology experts who research its extraordinary landscape and geomorphologic forms.

Traces of human settlement on the island of Rab go back to ancient times. The remains of material artefacts on the Lopar Peninsula were discovered in the 1960s, when a number of stone artefacts were unearthed at a Palaeolithic archaeological site. Most of the artefacts were found near fresh water so it is presumed that a prehistoric settlement had been built in the area.

Forts and burial mounds found on the island of Rab are proof of the existence of Liburnian settlements. Nine prehistoric sites have been unearthed, two of which (forts) are located on the Lopar Peninsula and seven in the limestone Kamenjak area surrounding the Lopar Valley. The Gromačica necropolis has been researched the most extensively and a dagger, bronze axe, needle and thread have been found among other artefacts. It is assumed that the area of Punta Zidine was colonised by the Greeks and the fort located here was used as a surveying point, defence structure and shelter. It was most likely continuously used from the ancient times until the early Byzantine era. The area was later settled by the Celts and then by Romans who ruled until the fall of the Roman Empire in 476.

A partially preserved Roman pottery furnace is of extreme archaeological importance. The furnace was found in the spring of 2009 at the Podšilo site, a digging site of the Zagreb Archaeological Institute. Apart from the furnace, a number of static and mobile artefacts were found in the wider Podšilo area, proving that there was intense activity here during the Roman times. Many fragments of Roman construction and household pottery and amphorae were found at shallow sites. The numerous mobile artefacts and remains of ancient walls in the wider area surrounding the site point to the possibility that the pottery furnace is part of a larger complex – a local Roman pottery workshop.

For a while, the island of Rab was under Ostrogoth and Byzantine rule. The historical development of the Lopar area and the island of Rab can be divided into the following stages: Liburnian rule to Slavic settlement, Slavic settlement to the beginning of Venetian rule in 1409, Venetian rule (1409 – 1797), the period of Austrian rule, or the Austro-Hungarian phase, the Yugoslav state, and the modern, independent state of Croatia.

The Lopar Geomorphologic Garden, part of the Rab Island Geopark, with a total of 50 marked geological points, is rich in geologically interesting features and rare flora. In its many geological points of interest, you can find an abundance of fossils. The specially formed rocks and an unusual geological profile will surely catch your attention.

The Rab Geopark Island project was conceived as a means of raising the awareness of the local population and their guests about the island’s specific natural heritage and promoting the archaeological sites internationally. It is also intended to stimulate the development of geotourism as a special branch of tourism in Croatia.

Tourists can join one of the free guided tours through the geological and archaeological sites in Lopar.

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Paradise samba festival - Lopar
Our Paradise Beach has a compelling resemblance to famous Brazilian Copacabana, so what better place to choose for the home of a Festival of Samba?
Festival of sand sculptures
Every June the Paradise Beach, becomes an open-air atelier for young artists who are building original sand sculptures during our Festival of Sand Sculptures
MTB 4 Islands
MITAS 4 islands is a thrilling mountain bike race over 4 islands of Kvarner Bay. A race where islands are stages, goat paths are trails and the sea plays hide and seek!

AEROBIC acitivities on beach

PARADISE BEACH ČRNIKA - Monday - Saturday 10am

LIVAČINA BEACH- Monday - Wednesday - Friday from 5pm

GORNJI MEL BEACH - Thuesday and Thursday from 5pm

Sand sculpture festival 2021

Sand sculpture Festival Lopar 2021 will be held from June 29 to July 02 at the Paradise Beach!

Edukativna šetnja poučnom stazom Capo Fronte

Uz organizirano vodstvo, bit ćete upoznati s arheološki značajnim lokalitetima koje skrivaju mediteranski pejzaži Dundova i Kalifronta. U uvali sv. Mare bit će napravljena duža pauza uz mogućnost kupanja u moru.

Geopark Lopar

The Lopar Geomorphologic Garden, part of the Rab Island Geopark, with a total of 50 marked geological points, is rich in geologically interesting features and rare flora

Rab island Trail

Rab Island Trail is one of the most popular racetracks in the Croatian Trekking League, which has been held since 2007. Participants participate in 3 categories for men and 3 for women.

Birth of Little Mary

The celebration begins early in the morning (September 8), when pilgrims accompanied by numerous tourists gather around the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and services are held at 10:00, 15:00 and 17:00.

Mesopust in Lopar

(The Masquerades of Lopar) are the pride of the village since their tradition is over 150 years old. Lopar is the only village in the island of Rab that has preserved and nurtured the carnival tradition, with authentic masquerade and rituals.

Sand Sculpture Festival

Paradise Beach is becoming a surreal world of breathtaking sand sculptures! Participate in our sand sculpture festival and enjoy the art of making sand sculptures!

Rab Archaeological Traces

The project Rab Archaeological (T)races was developed on the idea of an open-air museum, presenting about 30 archaeological sites in the area of the island of Rab.

Activities

For all those who want to spend their sunny vacation actively, indulge in the adventurous and sporting spirit and relax on the island of Rab.
We offer a number of modern sports fields, including tennis courts and an indoor soccer field with artificial grass.

Lopar offers daily half-day boat trips with a glass bottom in the waters of Lopar and Goli Otok and Grgur.

Special features of Lopar

Sand paradise

Rich culture and history

An oasis of natural beauty

LOPAR otok Rab